Solutions for material and energy efficiency
Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM
We can help you to define material and component properties that optimize their response to stresses and strains when in use and that make the greatest possible use of their potential.
Solar cells must endure a lot: snow, hot summer days, rain and humidity. To provide maximum protection to the cells, the manufacturers embed them in plastic, usually in ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). .
At the 2014 Winter Paralympics, competitors will line up wearing optimized sit skis that are adapted to their individual needs. This is made possible by a new manufacturing method which Fraunhofer researchers helped to develop. [more]
Everyone wants to have nice teeth. After all, a perfect set of teeth symbolizes health and youthfulness, and can even infl uence career prospects. If having pristine teeth calls for thorough oral hygiene, then how well or badly does a given toothpaste clean? How effective is it? What must it contain in order not to damage the structure of the teeth? Such questions are primarily of interest to manufacturers of dental hygiene products, and the answers are being delivered by researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials IWM in Halle. Through close collaboration with the Microtribology Centre μTC in Karlsruhe they have developed a new process for testing the abrasive effect of toothpastes, allowing this ‘abrasiveness’, as experts call it, to be compared and evaluated in the lab. [more]
Cold cracking in high-strength steel presents major quality assurance challenges for the automotive and machine-building industries, since cracks are difficult to predict – until now. A new process can determine, as early as the design stage, if critical conditions for such damage can be prevented. This lowers development times and costs. [more]
Range of topics and services at the Fraunhofer IWM
- Solutions to avoid and to control defects, crack formation, deformation, fracture, failure, wear and fatigue
- Material characterization, component testing, damage analyses, failure diagnosis and microstructural analysis
- Materials modeling, process and component simulation
- Surface layer assessment, coatings, tribology, functionalization, bio-surface and interfacial analysis
- Process, technique and device development